AU ponders creation of agency for infrastructural development

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African leaders meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, later this week will consider a study on the establishment of the Institutional Architecture for Infrastructure Development in Africa (IAIDA), to provide an essential tool in building an integrated continent through its infrastructure, PANA reported Monday.

According to official AU sources, the study on the establishment and operationalisation of the body has already been concluded, and will be presented to the leaders at their 30 June-1 July Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

The establishment of IAIDA is considered necessary because Africa suffers from lack of infrastructure, whether in terms of quantity or quality, as well as lack of coordination on policy for infrastructure development.

It is therefore believed that through IAIDA, an appropriate institutional environment would be created for the development of an integrated infrastructure in Africa, and to serve as a reference framework for the Programme for Infrastructural Development in Africa (PIDA), which covers four key sectors - Transportation, Energy, ICT and Water.

When it is eventually created, IAIDA will comprise a decision making organ and an implementation mechanism

While the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government will be at the top of the decision-making organ, the AU's NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) will take charge of the implementation, working with the African Development Bank, Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, Development Partners and Regional Economic Communities, among others.

The legal framework for the establishment of IAIDA derives from the decision of the 12th AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2009, whose theme was the development of transport infrastructure and energy.
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27 june 2011 15:04:02




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